Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse

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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Not amazing by hefeweizen standards, but still very nice. The lemon in the glass detracts from the foam and lacing. A brighter hefeweizen for sure. Nice yeast in the glass.

Smell: Very fresh citrus and bubblegum with faint hints of banana and very faint hints of cloves.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bubblegum really comes out after a few sips. The lemon cuts through this sweetness, though most of the lemon comes from the actually fruit in the beer and not fruit brewed with the beer. Not terribly thick, but very yeasty. This seems to neutralize the banana a bit, though I'm surprised the cloves don't come through more. Very good overall.

Drinkability: Very accessible.

Overall: I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours 2 fingers of creamy white head. Good retention. Color is a hazed burnt golden orange. A little dark for a hefe.

Aroma: Bananas, cloves, oranges, and an earthy profile. It is yeasty as well. Smells like a hefe.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, but it is a bit fruiter and has a bubble gum flavor. Yeast, bananas, cloves, and orange peel all show.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a solid hefe that drinks nice. Great on a sunny day. Not much else to say.

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Photo of chriskq
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- This was a great looking beer. When poured into a a glass, it was a bright, yellow orange color. About a 3/4'' head.
S- Got a huge whiff of apple and herbs. Coriander was most likely the one I was looking for.
T- Above average hefe. Huge undertones of banana and apple. Also hints of clove that really stand out in this beer. Due to the strength of some of the fruity flavors, I only drank one and was ready to move on to something else.
M- Light and tangy. Easy to drink.

O- A nice, fruity springtime beer. Not so sure I would go out and grab the six pack, but i'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- a hard pour yields a massive four fingers of bright white head that holds above the glass for a bit then settles slowly to leave about and inch thick cap. Hazy sunset orange yellow in color. Good looking stuff.

S- nice and simple with a clean wheat sweetness, touches of banana, an underlying hint of spice and lemon zest.

T- crisp slightly sweet wheat and a bit of lemon peel. Some bananas and hint of clove but not much like some wheat beer. Amazingly clean finish

M- a tad less then medium in body and a bit more in carb. Its just right for the style.

O- this is a classic hefe and one I haven't had in a long time. I'm glad I did. So easy to drink and very enjoyable. Ahh wheat beers in the spring time so nice.

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Photo of azdback
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy yellow orange color. Very carbonated. Head took off and I am waiting for it to calm down so I can pour the rest of the bottle. While I'm waiting I might as well tell you that the head is just a hint darker than bright white. Soapy looking on the side but a bit like ocean foam on top.

Smell is as I expected, musty, week old, soggy bread. I try to give better descriptors to these styles of beer but that's all I can come up with. There is a very sour smell I can't put my finger on. Maybe after the taste.

Taste is... wow.... not too bad. It is sweet and fruity. I have to think hard to figure out what kind of fruit. Maybe grapes or raisins. Just a hint of citrus. Aftertaste is sour bitter.

Mouth is light and refreshing. I am grading a Wheat so I must score accordingly. A bit watery but for the style I think it stands up. Like I said in the taste, a bit of a sour after taste which translates in the mouth as having a bit of a dry finish.

Overall I was pretty impressed with this this. I will never drink this style (or this beer) on a regular basis and this beer did not change my beer loving pallet, but I must admit that this wasn't a bad brew. Easy drinking (mouth not taste) summer session beer. I have to thank Skip for this sample.

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Photo of NickRivers
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a hazy gold with a huge fluffy white head. The whole thing smells of clover with apples and banano's. I love that comment of a manifested lemon scent as the beer warms.

T&M - Light and crisp, very well carbonated, very welcoming and refreshing, beautiful citrus wheat flavors enlightened by a plethora of spices. Excellent use of all ingredients throughout. Balance at its finest.

O - An amazing beer. Not being a fan of the style I really loved this one.

I'm still shocked by this one, as I mentioned I am not a fan of this style, I do not like the aftertaste of wheat in beer but this brew was outstanding. Super crisp and refreshing, great for all occasions, all weather, its one of those hidden gems your gonna recommend to all yours friends and family. I'm not quite experienced on the spice notes found in Hef's, but I love the way they complimented the wheat in this beer. The way everything flows together was amazing. Not much else to say, I found this at my local Vons and had been overlooking it for a while, I hope you don't make the same mistake I made. Go out and buy it, share it with all your buddies. Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 4 Hazy but clear dark blonde color with a huge fluffy 2 finger white head on the pour. This dissipates to a light fizzy topper throughout. There's very smooth and uniform lacing that isn't sticky.

S- 4.5 This smells very nice and is so true to the style. It is a sweet blend of banana ester and clove spice. I get a little wheat as well, though it is not as prominent as expected.

T- 4 I get much more wheat in the taste than the aroma had me expecting. There's a definite banana flavor in this brew, and a little spice, but it isn't as easy to pinpoint clove as it was with the scent. All in all, it is evenly balanced and just a touch on the sweet side.

M- 3.5 This brew is a tad over-carbonated. It is medium-light in body and pretty smooth.

D- 4 Franziskaner is a solid hefeweizen all around. Its aroma is very nice, and while I didn't find its flavors quite as exciting it is still a good tasting brew. I would definitely be able to put down a couple pints with no problem! It is a classic of the style.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a finger of head with tiny bubbles. Quickly shrinks down to not much more than a hint with decent lacing. It is a dark amber, almost copper color with constant bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S. Honestly a little flat due to the powerful wheat and yeast, I get wheat, yeast and a citrus-apple mix.

T. Wheaty-yeasty goodness in the beginning, this turns into a dry bread flavor. I detect a bit of banana in the middle, and it ends with a sour apple note.

M. Mouthfeel is good in this beer, it is highly carbonated, medium bodied with a dry almost tart finish. I find it dries my tongue without coating it, but does make my teeth feel a little funny when I run my tongue over them.

O. A good beer with good drink-ability overall. The wheat gets tiring after about 3 of them, but it is a nice medium bodied beer that is good for a hot day outside or a long night of drinking.

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Photo of MikeRa
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a Pint Glass

A: This beer is a Cloudy, Hazy Golden Yellow color with a 1" Head and has excellent lacing on the glass

S: This beer has a citrus and grainy smell to it

T: This beer has a nice taste of bananas, coriander, cloves with a little bit of honey, which comes from the Wheat and Barley Malts, and the hops

M: It's a mix of light-bodied and medium-bodied, and it goes down real smooth

O: This is a beer that I will drink again

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Photo of obywan59
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mostly clear at first into my 16 oz. Schneider Weisse glass, but with having to wait and pour, wait and pour, it soon becomes cloudy, even with leaving the last bit in the bottle. (simply because I grew impatient.) Starts out kind of yellowish, but turns more golden as the sediment increases. 4 1/2 finger near white head that bubbles up big as it recedes, like swiss cheese. Decent lacing.

Great aroma of sweet ripe bananas and cloves. As it warms, more of a lemony aroma develops.

Taste is dominated by clove, with the lemon being more pronounced, and the banana a bit more subtle than the aromas.

Medium bodied. Plenty of tingle in the mouth extending into the throat, and then warming in the chest.

Very easy to drink. What with the lemony/fruity characteristics, plus being on the light side, this beer would make for a great summer session.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a weizenbier glass

Pours an expected dull orange color. Not all THAT hazy, actually, even with all of the yeast poured in. The head is something else: thick & meringue like at its 2.5 finger apex, it dwindles down to a tight, sudsy cap that never, ever goes away.

Essentially all Hefeweizens smell the same. What distinguishes the good from the bad is the quality and balance of those aromas. Franziskaner leans towards the banana bread and clove side of the Hefeweizen equation. Maybe even some coriander; very spicy. The soft banana aromas help to break up that earthiness from the phenols. Some lemon, sure, but it's pretty well integrated into the bouquet as a whole. The balance is what I will point to as what makes this Hefe's aroma better than others.

The taste follows the nose to a T. Lots of earthy, ground spice notes being thrown off by the yeast strain. Banana esters help to soften the spicy notes. Zippy wheat turns bready in the midpalate, letting the lemon component shine on the finish. It's everything you could ask for in a Hefewiezen, really. True balance.

The mouthfeel is spot-on for the style. It isn't watered down; the carbonation is appropriately active but isn't so prickly as to be harsh; it has a fairly creamy texture. Overall this is a very, very good Hefeweizen. It has few peers.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a HB Stein.

Pours a straw yellow with flickers of orange and amber with a big bubbly white head that almost reached the top of the glass. Very sweet smell reminds me alot of how the banana flavored Runts candies tasted (hey im not a professional beer critic), mixed with lemony zests and a slight hop undertone. The way a Hef should smell. Sweet and sour taste, like fizzy banana bread with a tart lemon mashed into it. Picking up alot of earthy tones as well as spice and clove on the tongue. Pretty highly carbed light on the feel, crisp, refreshing, sour. Leaves the mouth parched for another sip. This is my go-to Hef. i could live on this stuff.

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Photo of kevinv
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Best-by date of 01/2012 on the bottle.

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a billowing, fluffy, slightly off-white head. Moderate head retention and great lacing.

S - What you'd expect; bananas, cloves, lightly grainy. Lemon-y undertones.

T - A lightly tart, mildly sweet hefe. Notes of banana, coriander, and clove. A little bready. I'm also picking up a honey sweetness to it.

M - Light-bodied, borderline medium-bodied. Generous amount of prickly carbonation.

D - Easy drinking, above-average hefe. Very refreshing.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Produced a sweet pure white foamy head with good retention. Plenty of lacing left behind.

(S)- Very very dry. Subtle bits of biscuit and wheat. Plenty of lemon and clove.

(T)- A nice combination of lemon and wheat-like biscuits. Mellow banana with very subtle clove. Overall, very very dry yet smooth and balanced.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Very much a drier example, but the balance is spot on with nothing overpowering the other; smooth and mellow.

(D)- A solid Hefeweiss. Drier than most, but still has the classic flavors, just more mellowed out. Crisp and refreshing as the style typically is.

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Photo of DarthRadb
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden Cloudy like a Proper Hefe should be. Msssive Wheat Head upon pour that drops down to about 1/4 to 1/2 that remains until you finish.

Smell - Fruity with notes of Cloves, Bananna
, Hardly any Hops noticeable.

Taste - Taste Banannas up from with a Malty Clove finish. Again as in the smell very lightly Hopped.

Mouthfeel - Light and Refreshing, nice Fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability - I can drink these one right after another all day and night long. I've noticed they seem to taste better in a pint bottle or on tap instead of the 12oz bottles. Possibly because they get a small amount of light pollution in the smaller green bottles, the Pint bottles are Amber. Suggest you get the pint bottles or find it on tap at a Pour House.

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Photo of mjurney
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden-amber color, cloudy. Carbonation looks nice. Bright white head.

Bananas, a little touch of cloves. Sweet bready malts.

Bright yeasty flavor up front along with sweet bready malt at the end. I’m getting lots of fruitiness, mostly ripe bananas, a little touch of apricots. Spice is very mild, some cloves and nutmeg. Very nice malt character, sweet bready. Body is thick, yet very crisp. Very light on the carbonation.

Very smooth drinking. Touch of dry yeasty aftertaste.

A little too flat and lack of spices, otherwise it’s a very good Hefeweizen.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a deep amber color with notes of orange and a light haze. the head is thick, white, heavy lace.

S-the nose has some subtle malt complexity to it, notes of yeast, a fair bit of lemon, light bubblegum, spicy peppers and lightly phenolic.

T-the flavor is very toasty, lots of toasted bread, very nutty, dark malt complexity, lighter on the lemon, almost no bubblegum, light spice and lost the phenolic quality.

M-light body, lively feel with a soft subtle texture and crisp clean finish.

D-this is the toastiest malties bottle i've ever had. typicall not quite like this but still interesting. always a good beer.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Appealing murky amber color with a three finger white head -- decent retention and pretty good lacing.

S: Mostly wheat and yeast, with an undertone of hops and some floral notes.

T: Fairly complex taste with wheat up front and some dark fruit notes -- most like ripe apple. Not too bitter and overall very well rounded.

M: Dry all the way through -- really refreshing, although not particularly exciting. The body holds up to the flavors here.

D: It's usually pretty easy to come by and not too expensive. The alcohol doesn't come through at all, so it's something I could drink all night in the summer.

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Photo of dmbsteve
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy straw color with 2 finger white head that leaves patchy lacing. Looks like a typical hefe but perhaps a tad darker than most.

Smells awesome! Definitely has the dominant banana character but also a spicy aroma that follows.

Delicious tasting. Each sip had something different to offer. from bananas to bread to spice.

Smooth but with a dry finish that makes me want more. Actually pretty full bodied which I think is atypical for this style.

Overall an excellent beer that I could drink several of in one sitting.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow into an American shaker pint with a little white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves some lacing.

S: Wow, a lot going on here. Apricots, bananas, pineapple and spices.

T: Like the nose, fruity as hell with the added experiences of granny smith apples; wheat and pale malts give it some biscuit taste.

MF: Heavy body, smooth, sweet and crisp. A bit syrupy.

O: What an awesome Hefe! quickly rises to near the top of my favorites.

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Photo of Soneast
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw yellow in color. I pour most of the beer, then swirl the last ounce or so, to pickup all the yeast, then add to the glass. Grows a huge, pillowy, white colored head that hangs around forever, leaving sudsy rings on the glass.

Aroma is heavy in the clove, with just a hint of banana and some sweet graininess.

The flavor doesn't have a whole lot of banana, or rather what's here is more of a subtle, over-ripened banana-bread type of banana. The clove-iness is certainly present once again, although it is balanced quite well by an overall mellow, sweet grainy flavor from the wheat malt. The finish is sweet, yet not lingering, falling off the palate quite rapidly.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse is a beer that I turn to often, particularly since it is far more available than Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier around these parts. Overall the body is a little lighter and less creamy than my favorites in this style, but everything else is dead on, and very balanced flavor-wise. A great beer!

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Photo of Jinholic
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Straw orange colored body with 3 fingers of eggshell white head.

Smell - Banana yeast and clove basic hefeweizen but very pleasant and not weak. A little orange peel in there too.

Taste - Banana bread with spices with a faint orange note on the finish. After taste is a mild spice.

Mouthfeel - Light to Medium body very smooth as a hefeweizen should be. Refreshing and very quaffable could go for some more of this one.

Overall - Not as a powerful taste as I would like in my hefeweizens but still good none the less. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy, good carbonation, white head disapates quick, good lacing.

Smell - Wheat, banana, cloves and orange peel.

Taste - Fresh, smooth, banana, wheat, not much orange.

Mouthfeel - Decent carbonation, add vanilla, bitterness, hops and cloves.

Overall - Enjoyed this beer in the Star Alliance lounge at the Frankfurt airport, was on tap so i had a few to kill time!

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden straw color from a 12 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date on the label.
Nice two finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is a beautiful blend of banana, cloves, coriander and of course, yeast.
Taste is along the lines of the aroma, hints of sweetness coupled with the taste of fruity esters. Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Perfect for a hot, sunny day. Very good carbonation on this hefe.
This is a classic hefe, and I am sure not many will argue on that.
Must try for every wheat beer lover; this is wheat beer 101.
Very highly recommended.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky golden, with huge white foam and no discernible lace.

Nose is crisp and spicy. Nice.

Taste is sweet, with elements of clove and bubblegum, with some hints of banana. But this one seems sweeter and more flat/less complex than Weihenstephaner or Hacker-Pschorr. Maybe this bottle isn't as fresh? No bottle dating, so I can't tell.

Still, this is a tasty and quite refreshing hefeweizen, and well worth the time. I enjoyed it.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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